From The River Rats (updated with release that Samson has also been named First-Team AHL All-Star):
JEROME SAMSON NAMED REEBOK/AHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH
SPRINGFIELD, MA — The American Hockey League announced today that Albany right wing Jerome Samson has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Month for March. Samson scored 10 goals and notched 14 assist for 24 points in 12 games this month.
Samson’s month included three four-point efforts, two three-point nights and his first career hat trick, all while helping Albany close in on a berth in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs. Samson began March by scoring a goal and adding three assists in a 6-1 win over Binghamton on Mar. 2. He became the River Rats’ first 30-goal scorer in nine years during a two-goal outing on Mar. 6 at Norfolk, and his second goal of the game on Mar. 10 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied the score with 10.3 seconds left in regulation. Samson had a goal and three assist in a 5-3 win over Worcester on Mar. 17, and led the way with three goals and an assist as Albany beat Adirondack, 5-2, on Mar. 24. Samson closed out the month with three assists in a 5-1 win at Springfield on Mar. 28.
In recognition of his achievement, Samson will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming River Rats home game.
Samson ranks second in the AHL with 37 goals and fourth with 76 points in 72 games for Albany this season. The third-year pro from Greenfield Park, Que., is also the league leader with 327 shots on goal. Samson, 22, shows 80 goals and 89 assist for 169 points in 207 career AHL games, and he has one assist in six NHL games after making his NHL debut with Carolina on Jan. 7, 2010.
JEROME SAMSON NAMED TO 2009-10 AHL FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
SPRINGFIELD, MA — The American Hockey League announced today that Albany right wing Jerome Samson has been named to the 2009-10 AHL First All-Star Team, as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 29 member cities.
Samson has enjoyed a breakout season in 2009-10, pacing Albany’s offense with career highs in goals (37), assists (39) and points (76) through 72 games. He ranks second in the AHL in goals and fourth in points and has recorded four separate four-point performances this season. His 327 shots on goal are 33 percent more than anyone else in the league has registered. A native of Greenfield Park, Que., Samson earned his first career NHL action with Carolina this year and has tallied one assist in six games.
Each All-Star Team member will receive a custom designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2009-10 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams. Please see below for the complete 2009-10 AHL First and Second All-Star Team rosters.
River Rats Fan Appreciation Weekend presented by Capitaland Motors GMC-Subaru is set for April 2-3, 2010 at the Times Union Center with face-off scheduled for 7:00pm on both nights. 2010 Calder Cup playoff packages are now on sale at the River Rats executive offices at the Times Union Center, by calling (518) 487-2244 or by logging onto www.albanyriverrats.com
2009-10 AHL First All-Star Team
G Jonathan Bernier, Manchester Monarchs (56gp, 29-20-6, 2.07gaa, .936sv%, 8 SO)
D P.K. Subban, Hamilton Bulldogs (71gp, 18+34=52pts., +43)
LW Alexandre Giroux, Hershey Bears (63gp, 44+53=97pts., +34, 14 PPG)
C Keith Aucoin, Hershey Bears (67gp, 35+65=100pts., +29, 10 GWG)
RW Jerome Samson, Albany River Rats (72gp, 37+39=76pts., 327 SOG)
2009-10 AHL Second All-Star Team
G Cedrick Desjardins, Hamilton Bulldogs 42gp, 26-8-3, 1.93gaa, .923sv%, 6 SO
D Maxim Noreau, Houston Aeros 71gp, 18+32=50pts., 22 PP pts.
D Clay Wilson, Rochester Americans 73gp, 14+46=60pts., +19
LW Charles Linglet, Springfield Falcons 75gp, 19+55=74pts., 31 PP pts.
C Corey Locke, Hartford Wolf Pack 73gp, 29+51=80pts., 18 PPG
RW Andrew Gordon, Hershey Bears 73gp, 36+34=70pts., +25, 18 PPG